Another Haiku published!


In today’s mail I had a happy surprise. I opened up the Buddhist monthly bulletin to find one of my haiku was chosen for publication. Pretty sure it was chosen for the references to the story of Buddha’s Birth. It is said that when he was born the birds sang and that a sweet rain fell from the sky.

birds sing and
the clouds cry in joy
Buddha is born

But now I would change it to.

birds sing and
the clouds weep for joy-
Buddha is born

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

20 responses »

  1. I actually like the original version, “cry in joy.” It’s original, and a great juxtaposition of meaning. “Weep for joy” is a phrase that is much more commonly used. I think you shouldn’t second guess yourself. 🙂 And congratulations on the publishing of a beautiful Haiku!

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